One News Poll – Gotcha politics doesn’t pay


It looks like Labour hasn’t learned that smears and attacks on innocent people aren’t well received by the voting public.

The first ONE News Colmar Brunton poll taken since the General Election last november reveals that National’s popularity remains intact, despite the on-going ACC controversy.

The polling was done in the period of Nick Smith’s resignation, the on-going ACC controversy, and questions being raised over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) restructuring.

Despite this, National’s party vote support is at 51%, up 1% since the previous Colmar Brunton poll. This would see the party with 65 seats, enough to govern alone.

The Labour Party was up one percent too, to be at 29%. The Green Party rose one percent, to be at 11%.

Tim Watkin is scathing:

The latest One News-Colmar Brunton poll is a kick in the pants for Labour. After a ministerial resignation and a fortnight where the whiff of cronyism was never far from National’s door, it can still command more than 50 percent support in the polls. That’s astounding.

The real pain must be felt by Labour. While National is under attack from within and ministers are looking rugged, to say the least, the opposition isn’t benefiting. Voters clearly don’t yet see Labour as a viable alternative government. David Shearer is not the ‘go to’ guy for voters to run to. Some inside Labour may say ‘give us a chance, it’s only April’. But if they can’t make hay now, when can they?

The problem is that even a damaged National Party still looks more attractive to most voters than Labour. Voters are looking at National in turmoil and still ticking their box. If that’s not a signal that Labour needs to up its game dramatically, then I don’t know what is.

The problem with Tim Watkin’s assessment is that contrary to what Labour would like to think the party isn’t warring with itself. It is united and there isn’t some sort of internecine warfare going on.

In fact a mass membership party like National will always have robust discussions. Right now it is pretty much one way traffic in an almost unanimous rinsing of Michelle Boag and those who call her a friend…a precious and thankfully small number. Everyone is united in making sure National remains the government despite the silliness of corrupt bullies like Michelle Boag and Bronwyn Pullar.

Labour can put this poor result down to the fact that Trevor Mallard decided to ignore his leader and run a baseless smear against me and Simon Lusk in parliament, and defame Judith Collins outside of parliament.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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